San Jose State is coming off of a tough loss on the road at Cal Poly (3/12) by way of a 10th inning walk-off homerun. The Spartans dropped to 4-12 with the loss and now have five games remaining before opening up Western Athletic Conference play on March 22. The five games include a four-game weekend series against Nicholls State (3/15-17) and a single game versus California on March 20.
VS. NICHOLLS STATE (9-8)
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 6:00 P.M.
SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 1:00 P.M (DH)
SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 11:00 A.M.
SAN JOSE, CALIF.
90.5 FM KSJS and The Gold Zone on www.sjsuspartans.com are the radio broadcast homes for San Jose State baseball. The Gold Zone will broadcast Friday and Sunday's games against Nicholls State with Jon Wold and Lewis Geist on the call. Jess Knaster and Jordan Serpa will be on the call during KSJS 90.5 FM's broadcast during both games of the Saturday doubleheader versus Nicholls State.
Live stats are available, free of charge, for all San Jose State home games and a majority of road contests. Click on the Live Stats icon at the top of the San Jose State Athletics web page at www.sjsuspartans.com and select the game. Fans can also access live stats through the Schedule/Results section of the baseball page, or at www.sjsu.statbroadcast.com.
Funs coming out to Municipal Stadium this weekend can look forward to the second "Sunday Funday" of the season. Baseball Bingo, postgame autographs and field run, plus in-game promotions sponsored by Poorhouse Bistro are all on the block for Sunday's game beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The promotions department is now taking signups for little league and pony league teams to take the field with the Spartans during the anthem, and also for friends and family to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. To sign up, contact the promotions department at (408) 924-1478. Finally, don't forget, little leaguers who show up in their baseball uniforms get into the game for just $1!
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State has lost three of the last four games. Most recently, the Spartans were put away by a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning at Cal poly on March 12.
The Spartans had a season-high 16 hits in their 9-1 win over Santa Clara last Saturday. Senior David Wayne Russo threw 7.0 innings in the game and moved to 2-2 with the win. Kyle Hassna leads the team with his 1.42 ERA in 19.0 innings of work this season. Sunday starter D.J. Slaton's 25.0 innings is tops on the team and his 2.88 ERA is second.
Sheldon Daquioag has recorded a hit in all six games he has played in this season. Daquioag has made starts as the catcher and third baseman this season. Jacob Valdez is hitting .304 in 56 at bats as the starting second baseman. He leads the team with 12 RBI and is level with Andre Mercurio for a team-leading 11 runs scored.
SCOUTING NICHOLLS STATE
The Nicholls State Colonels are 9-8 overall and 2-4 on the road in 2013. It is the first ever meeting between San Jose State and Nicholls State, members of the Southland Conference. Mike Barba leads the team with a .327 batting average in 55 at bats this year and has scored 10 runs. The speedy Colonels have tallied nine triples this year and have 25 stolen bases.
Nicholls State has a 3.55 team ERA. Kory Delange (3-1, 2.16) and Taylor Byrd (3-1, 2.52) are the individual ERA leaders among the starters. Jordan McCoy (1-0, 0.93) has made 10 appearances out of the bullpen and has five saves.
Friday night's tilt against Nicholls State begins a nine-game home stand for the Spartans. After the four-game set with the Colonels, San Jose State hosts California on March 20 and then opens Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play on March 22 against Dallas Baptist. The home stand ends March 25 when UC Davis comes to Municipal Stadium. San Jose State will try and avenge the 22-4 loss suffered earlier in the year at the hands of the Aggies in Davis, Calif.
SPARTANS HOST CAL BEARS
San Jose State will host California on March 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Municipal Stadium. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Cal on March 19.
MIX & MATCH
San Jose State has had 12 different starting lineups this year. Kalei Contrades, Richie Johnson, Willy Reel and Sheldon Daquioag have all started at third base. Daquioag has registered a start behind the plate along with Dane Lund and Jon Nelson. Matt Lopez and Matt Carroll have taken turns as the first baseman and designated hitter while Tim Quiery has seen time as the DH and left fielder as well.
MAKE THE MOST OF IT
Sheldon Daquioag has a hit in all six games which he has appeared this season. His first career at bat with the Spartans was an RBI-double on the road at #10-Arizona. He is 10-for-22 (.455) for the year.
RAISING THE BAR
Matt Lopez is 9-18 (.500) in the last four games and has raised his average from .190 to .314 during that span.
Senior Outfielder Nick Schulz was named a Preseason Second-Team All-Western Athletic Conference choice by collegesportsmadness.com. In 2012 Schulz played in 45 games, making 40 starts in the outfield and two as a designated hitter. The Mountain View, Calif., native led the team with four homeruns, 21 RBIs, 24 walks and a .436 slugging percentage.
LOCAL RIVALS BECOME TEAMMATES
The 2013 Spartans have six San Jose, Calif., natives from five different and very competitive high schools: Sheldon Daquioag (Silver Creek HS), Will Hein (Pioneer HS), Johnny Melero (Archbishop Mitty HS), Jon Nelson (Saint Francis HS), Mitch Ravizza (Willow Glen HS), Mike Simonini(Pioneer HS).
NEW COACHING STAFF
Dave Nakama comes to San Jose State as the new head coach after spending the last three seasons as the associate head coach at the University of Washington. The 1984 graduate of Willamette University has 13 years of coaching experience in the Pac-12 Conference. In 10 seasons as an assistant at Stanford, the Cardinal won four Pac-10 Championships, five NCAA Regional crowns and appeared in the College World Series four times (1997, 2002, 2003 and 2008).
Nakama brings in assistants Brad Sanfilippo (UC Davis, 1998) and Nicholas Enriquez (Menlo College, 2001). Also on the staff are volunteer assistant Jeff Austin (Stanford, 1998) and undergraduate student-assistants Matt Durkin (San Jose State, 2004) and Adam Shorsher (San Jose State, 2002).
Dallas Baptist, UTSA, UT Arlington, Texas State, Seattle University and CSU Bakersfield are all new members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for the 2013 season. Dallas Baptist, winner of two games at the 2012 Waco Regional, comes in as the favorite in the WAC Coaches' Poll receiving eight first place votes. UT Arlington also appeared in the Waco Regional last season. They were 0-2 including a loss to Dallas Baptist, 10-0.